This place is a great alternative to pricier, noisier hotels in South Beach. South Beach is only a short car ride or public bus ride away, if that is where you want to hang out. But we loved this neighborhood. It is a short walk to many restaurants and bakeries (Cuban, Peruvian, Argentinian, Venezuelan, Italian, Brazilian, Chinese, Middle Eastern), pharmacies and ATM's. It is also only a block from a park with the (lifeguarded) beach. This is much nicer than wall-to-wall high rise hotels and condos along the beach. There is free parking in back of the hotel for 3 compact cars. We used these for all 3 nights we were there. The breakfast is basic, but there is juice, coffee, pastry, toast, fruit and sometimes yogurt. It's fine. If you require a larger hot breakfast, spring for one at a restaurant with all the money you are saving by staying here. The rooms are clean, have flat-screen t.v., refrigerator and microwave. There is an outside second floor deck in the back. Christina, the proprietor, who is originally from Costa Rica, is very friendly and helpful. This is not the Ritz Carlton. But you are not paying for the Ritz Carlton. It's really a great value so close to the beach and Collins Ave. All in all, we found the place, neighborhood and owner to be delightful. My wife and I, who basically just want clean, friendly and quiet, would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to others.
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